Thieves take equipment from KTVU van

The Chronicle is reporting that thieves broke into a KTVU news van parked in Oakland’s Fruitvale District on Sunday and stole camera equipment. It was the latest in a series of crimes targeting the media in Oakland. The theft happened after Reporter Katie Utehs and photojournalist Jacob Unger parked their van in a lot at 35th Avenue and East 12th Street at about 10:45 a.m. Sunday to cover an event. When they returned to the van, they found that someone

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Robbers take news photographer’s cameras

The Chronicle reports that another member of the media has been robbed at gunpoint in Oakland today (Feb. 18). Veteran Bay Area News Group photojournalist D. Ross Cameron had finished taking pictures of a lead-abatement project at a home near the corner of 29th and West streets in West Oakland when he was accosted by two men about 11:30 a.m.  The men stole two cameras and a lens from him at gunpoint before jumping into a car, described as a

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Thieves in Oakland target both KGO van and the car of news crew’s guard

Thieves broke into another news van in Oakland today, but this time a reporter chased them, the Chronicle reports. The break-in happened shortly before noon when a KGO-TV news crew was interviewing the owner of Loakal, an art gallery and boutique at 2nd and Clay streets at Jack London Square. While the crew was inside the store, thieves broke windows of the news van and a Chevrolet Cobalt belonging to a guard KGO hired. No cameras or expensive gear was

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Robbers attack CBS5 photographer

KPIX CBS5 photographer Gregg Welk was punched and robbed during a live shot outside an Oakland high school, the latest in a spate of holdups targeting the media. According to the Chronicle, Reporter Anne Makovec and Welk were on the air shortly after noon Wednesday outside Oakland Technical High School near the corner of 42nd Street and Broadway. They were at the school to do a story on the passage of Prop 30, the tax measure preventing deep cuts to

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Oakland is a dangerous place to cover news

Oakland Tribune photographer Laura Oda was robbed of her laptop and camera Monday after she took pictures of a mural on San Pablo Avenue. On Thursday, a KTVU crew was robbed in the Oakland Hills. The Chronicle reports that this was the latest in a series of robberies of journalists in Oakland. KTVU reporter Debra Villalon was sitting in her news van Thursday night, waiting to go on the air with a story about a serious bike crash in the

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